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Electoral Processes and Governance in South Asia

by Dushyantha Mendis SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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Hbk 480 pages
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Most South Asian countries - following Independence from British rule and, in the case of Nepal, liberation from the autocracy of one family group in 1950 - have enjoyed democratic systems of governance at some time or the other, often for extended periods of time. Electoral processes have, however, been found wanting to some extent in all these countries. This book seeks to understand electoral processes as they actually operate in South Asia, to discover the reasons for flaws found in these systems and the degrees of success or failure in attempts at reform. Manipulation of elections by governments and electoral malpractices are of critical concern in all South Asian countries. It is in this background that the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy, with funding from the Ford Foundation, organized an international conference on electoral processes and governance in South Asia, with a focus on a set of themes common to the different South Asian countries, which include: - statutory framework and institutional arrangements; - election procedures and malpractices; - group discrimination in the electoral process; and - election monitoring. A selection of insightful papers stemming from the conference are presented here, all penned by experts in this sphere. The South Asian countries selected for study are Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Editor's Introduction: South Asian Democracies in Transition - Dushyantha Mendis
Bangladesh - Muzzafer Ahmad
India - Partha S Ghosh
Nepal - Birendra Prasad Mishra, Krishna P Khanal and Nilamber Acharya
Pakistan - Rasul Bakhsh Rais
Sri Lanka - K M de Silva
Bangladesh - Muzaffer Ahmad
India - Ujjwal Kumar Singh
Nepal - Nilamber Acharya and Krishna P Khanal
Pakistan - Zulfikar Khalid Maluka
Sri Lanka - Dushyantha Mendis
Bangladesh - Sohela Nazneen
India - Amit Prakash
Nepal - Hari Prasad Bhattarai
Pakistan - Rasul Bakhsh Rais
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The strength of the book lies in highlighting the political trends in relation to the electoral processes and hellip;.the collation of articles is useful in understanding an important aspect of the democratic functioning of South Asian states. Some of the articles are rich in data and detailed discussion. The Book Review The book under review is a valuable medium to get first hand knowledge about the election processes, which are now prevalent in the sub-continent. The News
Dushyantha Mendis is Director, International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES). He has degrees in Economics and Law and is a Sri Lankan Attorney-at-Law. He has held senior management positions in Sri Lankaas private sector and also briefly practiced Law prior to joining the ICES in 2002. His research interests lie in economic history, governance issues and ethnic conflict. He has presented several papers on these topics at many international conferences. He is editor of Ethnic Studies Report, XX, (Nos 1 and 2), 2002aSpecial Issue on aElectoral Processes in South Asia: Statutory Framework and Institutional Arrangementsa. He is a contributor to and editor of Christians and Spices: The Portuguese in Sri Lanka and Goa (forthcoming) and is also currently engaged in researching and writing a work on the economic history of Sri Lanka.